NLRA Event Preview: Four Race Weekend Headlined By $5K-to-win Golden Hammer Classic At Devils Lake
Brad Seng (12S), Shane Edginton (5E), and Brody Troftgruben (14) battle at Devils Lake last June. Speedway Shots photo.
Another four-day weekend is on tap for the NLRA this weekend, featuring the $5,000-to-win, 4th annual Walhalla Builders Golden Hammer Classic at the Devils Lake Speedway, near Crary, North Dakota.
Brody Troftgruben started eighth, and took the lead from Joey Peterson on lap ten, winning his second career NLRA feature Friday night at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks. Cole Schill finished second with Ryan Mikkelson completing the podium. Mike Balcaen and Mitch Johnson rounded out the top five. Schill was the hard charger, improving 16 spots. The NLRA season continues Saturday night With the Dick Johanneck Memorial King of the Dirt at the Sure Step I-94 Speedway in Fergus Falls, MN.
Tom Corcoran (T1), Shane Edginton (5E), and Dustin Strand (71) battle three-wide at River Cities last Friday.
Speedway Shots photo.
The NLRA is set to kick off its silver anniversary season this weekend with three big events. It all kicks off on Friday night, June the 3rd, At the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND, where the series will co-headline with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. Race two of the weekend features the Dick Johanneck Memorial King of the Dirt at the Sure Step I-94 Speedway in Fergus Falls, MN, before wrapping up with the first of two more scheduled visits to the Sheyenne Speedway in Lisbon, ND.
AJ Diemel (Left) and Mike Greseth (right) celebrate their victories Thursday night. Speedway Shots photos.
AJ Diemel took the point from race long leader Don Shaw with two laps remaining to win the 'Prelude to the Johnny' at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks Thursday night. The win was Diemel's second career NLRA series triumph, and his first since the 2015 running of the 'Prelude,' which kicks off John Seitz Memorial weekend. Dustin Strand, Brad Seng, and Mike Greseth rounded out the top five. Greseth's fifth place finish gave him enough points to earn the 2021 NLRA series championship. Greseth, in his rookie season in a Late Model, earned the nickname "Super Rookie" after his first career series win at Grand Rapids Speedway in May. From then, Greseth has won six more features, including five in NLRA competition. Greseth won by 24 points over Shane Edginton. Brody Troftgruben was the hard charger, finishing sixth after starting 18th.
Mike Greseth (17) and Shane Edginton (5E) are separated by just 8 points heading into the 'Prelude.' Speedway Shots photo.
Thursday night, September the 9th, the NLRA will wrap up its 24th season of racing with the 11th running of the "Prelude to the Johnny" at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND. The event kicks off the 15th annual John Seitz Memorial weekend, which honors four-time series champion John Seitz who passed away in 2007.
NLRA Event Preview - River Cities and Howie Schill Memorial at Red River Valley Speedway
Troy Schill (11) and Howie Schill (4) battle at Grand Forks (River Cities) Speedway in 1996. Julie Grassel photo.
Two of the final three events of the 2021 NLRA season are set to take place this weekend at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks on Friday night, and at the Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo on Saturday night. Both races will be run alongside the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, while Saturday’s event will also honor Howie Schill, who we lost last December.
Shane Edginton in victory lane at River Cities on Friday night. Speedway Shots photo.
Shane Edginton parked the No. 5E Performance Auto Sniper in victory lane Friday night, winning the inaugural Howie Schill Memorial at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks. The win is Edginton's fifth career NLRA feature win, and first since 2019. Edginton lead lap nine, and the final three laps to pick up the win. Brad Seng and Mike Greseth were also in the thick of it late, as the lead trio fought for the win in the waning laps. Seng was second, with Bryce Sward third, Cole Babcock fourth, and Jason Strand rounding out the top five. Babcock was also the hard charger, as he stormed from the B Main, and the 18th starting spot to improve 14 spots in the main event. Edginton also took the point lead with the victory, and will carry the SRT Specialties and TNT Coatings point leader spoiler into Thursday's race at the Norman County Speedway by 12 markers over Brad Seng.
This Friday night, July the 23rd, the NLRA returns to action at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks to honor one of its own. The series will take to the track in honor of longtime series regular Howie Schill who passed away last December. Howie was the series first ever feature winner at the Victory Lane Speedway in Winnipeg in 1998, and won the first River Cities points title the following year in 1999.
Mike Greseth in victory lane at River Cities on Thursday night. Speedway Shots photo.
"Super Rookie" Mike Greseth took the lead on lap ten and went on to score his fourth NLRA win of the season Thursday night at the Wayne Anderson Cup at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks. Greseth's win also made him the first repeat winner at the speedway this season. Defending series champion Dustin Strand finished second, while Shane Edginton's third place run was enough to jump back into second in the series points. Brad Seng and Cole Schill rounded out the top five. Bryce Sward won the hard charger award, moving up from 20th to ninth. Greseth will keep the SRT Specialties and TNT Coatings point leader spoiler, as he'll carry a 34 point lead over Edginton into the next series race, the Howie Schill Memorial at River Cities on July 23rd.
Tom Corcoran (T1) and Jason Strand (E85) battle at River Cities earlier this season. Speedway Shots photo.
This Thursday night, July the 8th, the NLRA will be back in action at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks as part of the first night of the inaugural Wayne Anderson Cup. The event will be the 46th at the quarter-mile Bullring, and will honor one of the men that built the track into the success that it is today.